Antonio Perez Tests Brumos
November 10, 2008 | 11:54 A.M. EST
Pérez will join JC France, Joao Barbosa and Hurley Haywood in the famed No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley for the Tuesday-Wednesday testing.
"Antonio is pretty well known down in Mexico, and he's a NASCAR champion," France said. "He raced with Grand-Am at Watkins Glen International this year. I talked with (Team TELMEX principal) Jose Sabates two weeks ago, and we decided to give him a shot in the car."
Pérez won a series-high five races en route to the title. He managed to rebound after finishing 25th and 30th in two of the four opening races of the season. The second-generation driver won the 2006 NASCAR Mexico Rookie of the Year Award, and finished fifth in the points last year. He also ran in limited NASCAR Camping World East races this past season, winning the pole at The Glen.
Pérez plans to run a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Series East in 2009, in addition to selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
Pérez, born Antonio Perez Mendoza, comes from a family of race car drivers. He began racing in 1995, when he won the first of many karting championships. In 1999, he moved up to formula cars, testing a Formula One car for Lotus in England. In 2000, he won the Formula Renault 2000 Costa Rican Grand Prix.
That earned the young driver a place on the prestigious Team TELMEX and the opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Mexico Series.
Other drivers on Team TELMEX include Memo Rojas, the 2008 Daytona Prototype co-champion with Scott Pruett; Salvador Duran, the overall winner with Pruett and Juan Pablo Montoya in the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona; and Luis Diaz, who joined Pruett in finishing second in the 2006 Daytona Prototype championship.